School Breakfast Program

eating breakfastThe School Breakfast Program is a federal program that provides nutritionally balanced breakfasts to low-income children at school for free or at a reduced price. Participation in School Breakfast not only helps families stretch their food budget, it improves student health and academic performance.

  • Providing breakfast to students at school improves their concentration, alertness, and comprehension
  • Students who eat breakfast at school score higher on vocabulary and reading tests than those who don’t eat breakfast
  • Low-income students who eat school breakfast are more likely to consume an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals than those who not eat breakfast at school
  • Access to school breakfast decreases the likelihood of skipped meals among children at risk of food insecurity

Despite the benefits of school breakfast, the program continues to be underutilized across Montana. Just one-third of students enrolled in free or reduced price school meals participated in school breakfast in the 2014-2015 school year.

MFBN works to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program by working with schools to implement new programs or strengthen their existing programs. A growing number of Montana schools have implemented alternative breakfast models such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Breakfast After the Bell, or Grab n’ Go Breakfast that have significantly increased participation.

How does Montana rank nationally?

Check out FRAC’s School Breakfast Scorecard

Help promote school breakfast in your community!
Spread the word with these ready to use PSAs from Montana Team Nutrition.

PSAs can be played on your local radio station or shared with schools, health departments, or other organizations. Both audio and text files available.


For more information about MFBN’s work to increase access to School Breakfast in Montana, contact us at (406) 721-3825 or

OPI School Nutrition Programs administers and supports School Breakfast Programs in Montana.  Please contact OPI at (406) 444-2501 or